Grand County health insurance article highlights national problem
April 2, 2008
To the Editor:
I read with interest the article on health insurance.
As citizens we spend $2 trillion a year on health care in the United States; that’s over $7,000 per person. As taxpayers we spend another $1 trillion on the Department of Offense that is out fighting for oil; that’s about $3,500 per person.
The budget for all energy efficiency and renewable energy is something like a $1 billion, about $3 per person. Meanwhile, our young men and women are fighting and dying for the profit of a privileged few with black gold fever.
We tried to crucify the last uppity person (a woman to boot) that proposed we sit down and devise a national solution to our national health care crisis. Amazingly, 15 years later the crisis hasn’t gone away. Is it possible that someone is also making a lot of money on our broken health care system?
And to fund all this we sacrifice health, especially the health of those that we most need healthy ” our children ” and the people who work hard and live uninsured. There is no way to measure the moral cost of that one.
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In order to feed our war-mongering we have starved our schools of funds for special programs, food and physical education. We have starved our parks of funds to even operate and now charge citizens for the “right” to use their land. We have starved our national infrastructure until the bridges are literally collapsing. Can’t afford insurance ” think about affording a trip to the park and be careful which road you take.
For the money we spend we could have one of the best health care systems in the world. And the whole world would be a healthier place if we would fund our parks, schools and infrastructure instead of the Department of Offense.